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Sandy's Photographic Ramblings : A random selection of my most recent work.

Sandy's Photographic Ramblings

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A random selection of my most recent work.

Updated: Jul 20, 2014 5:50pm PST

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Newsy

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Updated: Jun 21, 2014 11:41pm PST

Spring Migration 2011 @ High Island - 'Warbler Fallout'  on 050411 : Absolutely the best warblers shooting day in three years of going to High Island. I spent the day in the blind in Boy Scout Woods Bird Sanctuary at High Island with Jay Mangum.  He arranged for the seats and oh what a ride.  It was a day following a north wind, and there were a lot of warblers including a few I had not seen nor had I photographed that were there in large numbers due to a fallout.  Orioles, tangers, and buntings, but not these small colorful and talented singers. 

I saw my first Magnolia Warbler with coloring a lot like the Canada Warbler.  The pictures were shot with my old Tamron Lens and one flash unit, my old one.  It took a lot of experimenting to measure up against the performance of the Sony rental lens and the two flash arrangement, or so I thought. So I decided to start processing seriously, my High Island Boy Scout Woods photographs with this day first in order to better measure against the technique I had used previously.  I had rented a Sony G70400 lens and an extra flash unit.  I mounted on unit out to the side about 12 feet or so in order to illuminate the bird without undo direct reflection and also the angle would cause feather reveal mini or micro shadow and highlights on the feathers.

Trust but verify.

Spring Migration 2011 @ High Island -...

AubreyC

Absolutely the best warblers shooting day in three years of going to H ...

Updated: Jun 20, 2014 1:37am PST

Water Fowl : Ducks, Geese, Swans and more

Water Fowl

PeacefulPlaces

Ducks, Geese, Swans and more

Updated: Jun 18, 2014 8:21pm PST

Flowers : It might be a flower, it might be a "weed" but if it's a blossom it goes here

Flowers

PeacefulPlaces

It might be a flower, it might be a "weed" but if it's a blossom it go ...

Updated: Jun 17, 2014 9:06pm PST

Seabrook Osprey et all on 1/11/12 : Photographing birds and the general surrounds while sitting on the edge of the little bay that runs between Todville Rd. and Hwy. 146 is such a relaxing thing.  There is a good variety of species there, but the highlight are the Ospreys that migrate to the bay this time of year.  The success though is tied to the light, the wind velocity and direction, and the tide.  The wind velocity within a range of 5 to 12 miles an hour is really good and the direction between SW and SE keeps the birds taking off and landing in your direction.  As for the tide, in order to get the birds that feed in the bay close enough for better camera close-ups - the gulls, the pelicans, the terns, the cormorant, and especially the Osprey - the tide needs to be at the high point so that water deep enough to allow fishing in close to the camera position.

On this day I had the pleasure of fellow photographers Ken Coleman and Steve Mahurin joining me.  The company was good and there a lot to shoot.  I have included a map with red X's to indicate a couple of the best locations, and if you click on the 'Map This' button above Google Map has map pins inserted for my camera position for each photo.  If the pins seem to be all in one location, it is because I have the brakes set on my chair.

Seabrook Osprey et all on 1/11/12

AubreyC

Photographing birds and the general surrounds while sitting on the edg ...

Updated: Jun 06, 2014 12:31am PST

Jacob_012111 and Sony G 70-400 zoom : First test of the rental Sony G series 70-400mm zoom.  Pictures of Jacob shot indoors with flash at a distance of about 15 feet.  Details below photo.  All photos with the exception of cropping and one that had exposure adjust were converted as they came out of the camera.  Next I did pre-parametric editing in ACR and post-processing using CS5 as described in the comments below each picuture.

Jacob_012111 and Sony G 70-400 zoom

AubreyC

First test of the rental Sony G series 70-400mm zoom. Pictures of Jac ...

Updated: Jun 03, 2014 11:59am PST

Lake "G" Watercraft : Most photos and videos in this gallery were shot (hand-held) using a Sony Alpha NEX camera. All of the "mega-ZOOM shots" were taken (July 2013 & after) with my Canon PowerShot SX50 HS camera (hand-held, NO tripod).

Lake Goodwin (Lake "G") is a beautiful body of water covering 535 acres, with 5.4 miles of shoreline, located in Snohomish County, Washington. It is in the Seven Lakes area northwest of Seattle. Lake Goodwin is the largest and most popular lake of the Seven Lakes community. Rainbow Trout, Large/Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Bluegill, and Pumpkinseed Sunfish can be found in the lake. Ducks, Cormorants, Blue Heron, Lake Otters, Racoons, Rabbits, Deer, and other wildlife live around the lake. Seagulls, Bald Eagles, and other birds can be seen from time to time in the sky above. Except for "summer water sports" and the annual July 4th. boat parade/fireworks, Lake Goodwin is a quiet and peaceful place.

Lake "G" Watercraft

BIG-Dude-Productions

Most photos and videos in this gallery were shot (hand-held) using a S ...

Updated: May 03, 2014 6:04pm PST

HI Spring Migration April 24th, 25th, 26th, 2013 : I would like to dedicate this gallery to my friend Ken Coleman.  He got me started into bird photography back in June of 2008.  Due to a serious illness my friend was not able to participate in this Spring's activities.  I am so thankful for his getting me started and most of all for his friendship.

Jay Mangum and I went to the Boy Scout Woods blind in High Island, Texas for our second week of shooting migrating birds this Spring.  We were there on the 24th, 25th, and 26th of April.  I am thankful for the beautiful birds we were able to see; however, they were seen and photographed during a lot of challenging weather and few birds, especially warblers.  I must say that I am speaking in regard to the blind area.  When the wind is blowing hard, the noise of the rustling leaves masks the drip sounds.  However, Jay and I had a good time and I learned a lot about flash photography this time.  Also, I was able to solve many other photography problems related to shooting in the blind.  I shot many more photographs, but I chose these as they represented what we saw.

I shot under three different trial flash conditions and also experimented with trying to find ways to practically mitigate problems with depth of field from shooting so close to the subject with a long lens, and the restrictions that are part of the camera manufacturers design.

HI Spring Migration April 24th, 25th,...

AubreyC

I would like to dedicate this gallery to my friend Ken Coleman. He go ...

Updated: Mar 03, 2014 9:41am PST

Sony Alpha NEX-5N Camera Photos & Videos : I replaced my NEX-3 in February, 2012, with a new NEX-5N camera body. My Sony all-in-one E Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 stabilized zoom lens that was formerly used on the NEX-3 is now on the NEX-5N. All photos and videos in this gallery have been taken using my Sony Alpha NEX-5N with the 18-200mm lens (except for those of the 5N). Unless otherwise noted, all photos/videos have been shot hand-held without using a tripod, flash, or any special lighting.

For PICS and information about the Sony NEX-3 camera that I previously owned, click on this link: http://big-dude-productions.smugmug.com/Photography/Sony-Alpha-NEX-3-Pictures/16138629_dLJDmP#!i=1229768948&k=MJdrn

Sony Alpha NEX-5N Camera Photos & Videos

BIG-Dude-Productions

I replaced my NEX-3 in February, 2012, with a new NEX-5N camera body. ...

Updated: Nov 17, 2013 9:20am PST

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